Jelena Dokic Tour Results: Interviews

Pilot Pen Tennis 2001
New Haven, CT. USA
23 August, 2001
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THE PILOT PEN

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT
August 23, 2001

J. CAPRIATI / J. Dokic, 6-4, 6-3

An Interview With: JELENA DOKIC


THE MODERATOR: First question, please. 

Q. (Inaudible). 

JELENA DOKIC: No, never is. You know, I think every time we play it's a similar 
story. And it was just the key points she played better - from 4-3 in the first 
to go 6-4 up, those three games were really long. And I had a lot of game 
points, a lot of break points. And I think that's what decided the match also. 
You know, other than that, you know, our games are very similar. And I think 
she's just a little bit more -- physically a little bit more stronger, and 
mentally also. And, you know, she's been there before. And, you know, I think 
just experience. And the older I get, I think the more of a chance I will have, 
you know, to beat her. 

Q. Is that basically the reason that the majority of your losses this year have 
come to players in the Top 10? Is it the experience factor?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, pretty much. I lost to Lindsay and Jennifer and Venus and 
Serena. And I think, you know, they're the players I've been losing to mainly. 
Other than that, I've been pretty happy with the way I've played. And, you know, 
I think I just, you know -- my game's fine the way it is. I think there are a 
few things to work on. But I think, you know, it's very hard to play the power 
players. I mean, I'm not as powerful as they are. I think also maturity comes 
with that. And, you know, hopefully, you know, in a year or two I'll have, I 
think, a little bit more of a chance. 

Q. Do you feel her serve was pretty much the deciding factor in the second set? 

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, she did serve very well. Even some of her second serves were 
pretty strong. Every time I looked, the first serve was like 110 miles. And not 
too many people serve like that. So she served pretty well, and that did help 
her a little bit. And I think her game also, you know, I think she played better 
than she did yesterday. 

Q. Both you and Jennifer had some problems with a point or two in the match with 
the line judge and referee. Is that a little more than normal?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe a little bit. I mean, it happened. I had it the other night 
also. And, you know, when someone hits the ball so hard, it's hard to, you know, 
see. But, you know, she might think that she didn't get a few good calls, and I 
feel the same way. And you just got to, you know, play by that. 

Q. How do you rate the referees? 

JELENA DOKIC: How do I rate them? 

Q. High or low? 

JELENA DOKIC: Well, I mean, it really doesn't matter. I think it differs from 
tournament to tournament. I think especially at the Grand Slams, you know, I 
haven't had too many problems. 

Q. Every two or three years it seems like there's a new wave of players that 
come up and start to make their mark on the game. A few years ago it was Martina 
Hingis and Lindsay. Now it's you and Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin. Can you 
talk about your role in this? You're in that group, too, of the new, young, I 
guess next generation of players that are coming up.

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, there are like three or four young ones that are in the Top 
10 right now. And, you know, I'm there also. And, you know, I think this is 
probably what you'll see for the next ten years. And I think the tennis, you 
know, after, you know, the Capriati and the Lindsay - and after Lindsay, you 
know, goes, I think you're gonna have four or five really good players that will 
be up there to replace them. And I think they're up there right now and giving 
them a hard time. And, you know, I think those four or five players are probably 
the ones that are going to be, you know, in the future the players to look out 
for. 

Q. What will it take for you to get in to the Top 10?

JELENA DOKIC: I mean, I'm 12 or 13 now. I think it's not a huge difference. 
It's, you know, just I have to work on a few things, physically. I -- get a 
little bit stronger also. And, you know, I think I've improved that a little bit 
and I think just with experience. You know, I had a good week, I've had a few 
good weeks after Wimbledon also and I've played well this year consistent. 
Probably the most consistent year that I've had on the tour. So I think, you 
know, another couple of months to work on some things and, you know, just play a 
few more matches against the top players, and I think, you know, next year 
should be, I think, the one that will be the big year for me. 

Q. Do you look at what Capriati did as far as getting into better physical 
shape? Do you draw from that?

JELENA DOKIC: Yeah, she's worked very hard. I mean, I know. I worked with her in 
Saddle Brook. And, you know, she's really gotten into shape. And she's really 
worked, you know -- she's just moving so much better and it's just so hard to 
play against her. She's getting a lot of balls back. And she's just so powerful 
right now. And, you know, it's working for her, and, you know, she's done a good 
job. 

Q. She made a lot of unforced errors in the match. Did you feel that this may 
have been a chance for you to --?

JELENA DOKIC: Maybe, but I still think it was very tough. She still hit the ball 
very hard. And I think she made the errors on the backhand, because I was trying 
to keep it there. I didn't give her too many forehands. She hit five or six 
forehands in the whole match. She never does that. Usually every second ball she 
hits is a forehand, because I think a lot of players play there and it's a 
strength. So I tried to keep it to her backhand and it worked. But, you know, 
when I was in the points I wasn't struggling. I was winning the points and I was 
-- I could rally with her. You know, it was just some other things that decided 
the match. 


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